Friday, June 12, 2009

"Well, perhaps no retirement account, but at least the faculty and staff will have an art collection!"

The Deaccessioning Blog listens to a podcast interview with Jonathan Lee, chair of The Rose Art Museum's Board of Directors, and says:

"When asked if there are any situations in which selling of artworks by a museum are warranted, Lee retreats into a familiar emotional response lacking any substantive rationale. 'It's not allowed in the museum world' and 'it goes against the ethics of the art museum world,' and 'as soon as they sell one of these paintings and scoop the cash they will be shuned' pretty much sum up his reasoning."